Sylvie Vartan & John Denver- Love again

About the song

,John Denver’s Love Again. A song that whispers of resilience, of the embers of hope rekindled in the face of heartbreak. Denver, a folk icon whose music chronicled the beauty of nature and the simple joys of life, wasn’t afraid to delve into the complexities of the human experience. Love Again is a testament to that.

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Released in 1996 on his album of the same name, Love Again arrived later in Denver’s career. By this point, he was a seasoned performer, a household name synonymous with optimism and wide-open landscapes. Yet, Love Again takes a more introspective turn.

The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar melody, a stark contrast to the often upbeat instrumentation Denver was known for. His voice, though still carrying that signature warmth, holds a touch of weariness as he sings: “I didn’t think it could happen again, just too old and set in my ways.” We hear a man who has been through the wringer of love, perhaps even resigned himself to a life of solitude.

Love Again isn’t about dwelling on the past, though. It’s about the dawning realization that the capacity to love again still flickers within. Denver sings, “Maybe I gave up on romance in my longing to give up the pain.” This line resonates deeply.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Shielding ourselves from potential heartache by shutting down the possibility of love altogether. But Denver offers a glimmer of hope. He admits to “longing to give up the pain,” but the key word here is “longing.” It implies a desire, a yearning that can’t be entirely extinguished.

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The chorus is where the song truly takes flight. Denver’s voice gains strength as he declares, “Love Again! I didn’t think I could, but I can feel it start to mend.” It’s a powerful statement, a testament to the human spirit’s ability to heal and grow. The melody soars alongside his voice, mirroring the surge of newfound optimism.

Love Again isn’t a naive song about happily-ever-afters. It acknowledges the possibility of further heartbreak. The line, “Love’s a fragile thing, a fleeting summer breeze,” reminds us that love can be unpredictable and impermanent. But the overall message is one of courage. Denver tells us that despite the risks, love is worth pursuing again.

Love Again stands as a beacon of hope for those who have been hurt. It’s a gentle reminder that even in the face of loss, the capacity to love, and be loved, remains. It’s a song that resonates across generations, a testament to the enduring power of John Denver’s music.

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Lyrics

“Love Again”

I didn’t think it could happen again, just too old and set in my ways.
I was convinced I would always be lonely all of the rest of my days.
Maybe I gave up on romance in my longing to give up the pain,

I just didn’t believe I would ever love again.I was like one who had shut myself in, closed the windows, locked all the doors.
Afraid of the dark and the beat of my heart, yet knowing there had to be more.
Though it sounds like a great contradiction, it’s the easiest thing to explain,
you see, I was afraid I might never love again.What does it take for a blind man to see that there’s more there than just meets the eye?

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What are the ways that the magic comes in that can turn a song into a sigh?
Sometimes I think that I’m dreaming or maybe I’m going insane,
or maybe it’s just that I’m falling in love again.

Here I am standing beside you, oh, life’s such a wonderful game.
Look at me now, I’m falling in love, look at me now, I’m falling in love,
look at me now, I’m falling in love again.